Police in St. Vincent and the Grenadines today (Thursday) reminded the public that it is a criminal offence to produce, make available, distribute, procure, possess or obtain child pornography in the country.
The warning comes as sex crime investigators have arrested a man in connection with a video, circulated via social media, showing a 4-year-old girl performing fellatio on a man.
The man appears to brag about the illegal act in a conversation with a woman in a video call.
Police noted that is an offence under the Cybercrime Act 2016 to produce, make available, distribute, procure, possess or obtain child pornography through a computer system or on a computer data storage medium.
“In light of this, the RSVGPF is encouraging persons to desist from sharing or storing and to delete the pornographic video of a child that is presently being circulated via various mediums. This is very damaging to the child and can affect her in the future,” the Police Public Relations and Complaints Department said in a press statement.
“Failure to comply with this order may result in persons being dealt with in the most serious of the manners prescribed by the Cybercrime Act 2016 subsection 14 of the Laws of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”
The RSVGPF informs that a person is liable, on summary conviction to a fine of EC$300,000 or to imprisonment for seven years or both, or, on conviction on indictment, to a fine of EC$750,000 or to imprisonment for twenty years or to both, if one intentionally:
a. Produces child pornography for the purpose of its distribution through a computer system;
b. Offers or makes available child pornography through a computer system;
c. Distributes or transmits child pornography through a computer system;
d. Procures or obtains child pornography through a computer system for himself or another person;
e. Possesses child pornography in a computer system or on a computer data storage medium; or,
f. Obtains access to child pornography through information and communication technologies.
“The Government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines solicit your co-operation in this regard,” the statement said.